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PETER COLLIER (1939-2019) was the founding editor of Encounter Books. His illustrious career as a writer and editor spanned more than half a century, beginning with Ramparts magazine in the 1960s. Among his books are The Kennedys: An American Drama, a #1 New York Times bestseller coauthored with David Horowitz, and dynastic biographies of the Roosevelts, Rockefellers, Fords, and Fondas. In 2003 he completed Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, now in its third edition. His biography Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick was published by Encounter Books in 2012. Things in Glocca Morra is his second novel and final book.
“What’s the point of being Irish anyway if you don’t think the world will break your heart?” asks Jack Kennedy. He is spellbound by a song about Ireland’s neverland of dreams: “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?”
No one better knew the real JFK’s dreams and passions than Lem Billings, a prep-school roommate who made himself “sidekick everlasting.” The late Peter Collier had the great fortune to obtain oral histories from Billings himself, and they became the basis for a vivid biographical novel in Lem’s voice.
The Kennedys may well be the most photographed, written about, talked about, admired, hated, and controversial family in American history. But for all the words and pictures, the real story was not told until Peter Collier and David Horowitz spent years researching archives and interviewing both family members and hundreds of people close to the Kennedys.
In The Fords: An American Epic, Peter Collier and David Horowitz tell the riveting story of three generations of Fords, a dramatic story of conflict between fathers and sons played out against the backdrop of America’s greatest industrial empire.
This is the first and only biography of Jeane Kirkpatrick, who became an iconic figure in the 1980s as Ronald Reagan’s UN ambassador and the most forceful presence in the administration, outside of the President himself, in shaping the Reagan Doctrine and fighting the Cold War to a victorious conclusion.
As leading New Leftists in the Sixties, Peter Collier and David Horowitz were intimately involved in the radicalism of the day. Later on, they became the first of their generation to publicly reject the objectives of that revolutionary era and point out the cultural chaos it had left behind. Part memoir, part political analysis, part social history, Destructive Generation is the compelling story of their intellectual journey into and out of the radical trenches.
In The Anti Chomsky Reader, editors Peter Collier and David Horowitz have assembled a set of essays that analyze Chomsky’s intellectual career and the evolution of his anti-Americanism. The essays in this provocative book focus on subjects such as Chomsky’s bizarre involvement with Holocaust revisionism, his apologies for Khmer Rouge tyrant Pol Pot, and his claim that America’s policies in Latin America in the 1980s were comparable to Nazism.